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In windows XP, you can add a shortcut to the start menu or desktop for all users by copying/moving the shortcut to

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users[Desktop|Start Menu]

I know same is the case in Windows 7 with a slightly different path (C:\Users\Public). However I'm still trying to find out how to add a 'shortcut' for all users. There is no C:\Users\Public\Taskbar.

Any ideas? Or is it just not available as a feature?

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You could use a login script to pin things. – Zoredache Mar 15 '10 at 23:13
Any specific examples that you might have? Would they be VB scripts or regular BATCH files? Just wondering. – Archit Baweja Apr 29 '10 at 13:32

Items pinned for the current user are located here: "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar"

There's no Public/All Users AppData anymore, so I don't think there's anyplace you can put it for 'all users' that already exist.

It does appear that you can add them to the Default user's profile, which would at least add them for any user profiles created after the pin entries are made("C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar").


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Thanks techie007. That seems to do it. – Archit Baweja Mar 17 '10 at 15:01
+1, just to clarify though there's no location to add pinned items for all users, but it can be added to the default profile so new user start off with them. – BigHomie May 2 '14 at 19:58
Path still relevant in Windows 10, and even Windows Server 2016 as well. ;) – Chiramisu Mar 4 at 21:32

I still haven't found a way to change the default taskbar programs for all users but you can add and delete items from all users default start menu by navigating to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\ you can change items on here like in Windows XP.

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Start menu items for all users are found at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.

Desktop items for all users are found at C:\Users\Public\Desktop.
Note that this folder is hidden by default, so go to Folder Settings to make hidden files/folders visible.

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Copy the taskbar folder from C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned to C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\. After you have done that, open the taskbar folder and delete any shortcuts you don't want.

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This would only cause those shortcuts to be added to the taskbar of users who have never logged in before. Existing users won't get changed. – Ross Presser Nov 19 '14 at 6:36

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